Radio 2’S 500 Word Competition Is Back...

January 20th 2015
By: Melanie

Radio 2 have launched their 500 WORD competition this week for Children aged 13 and under. This is its 5th year since the start in 2010, and every year it has grown in popularity.
So if your child is a budding writer, or would just like to give it a go here is the criteria: The piece of work must not exceed 500 words and it must be an original piece of fiction. You can submit your child’s writing at
Throughout this week Radio 2’s presenters will be giving various tips which you can pass onto your child, such as; make sure you make every word count, ensure the start and ending are good, the Lord’s prayer is only 66 words but it communicates a clear and concise message. There are also a wealth of tips from published writers There is also an Alphabot which works in a similar way to a thesaurus for children, lesson plans, writing tips and much more.
The competition was started to try and enhance literary skills in young children, encouraging them to explore their creativity through their reading and writing skills.
Schools are also being encouraged to introduce this into their classrooms, with Radio 2 beaming 500 WORDS into classrooms – and a special Story Laboratory available to watch as from 22 January 8:15.
Every story will be read by book loving librarians and teachers from around the UK. The Reading Agency are back on board, to shortlist the Top 50, and the competition's panel of best-selling authors return to Radio 2 HQ in early May to pick three medal winners in two categories: 5 - 9 years old; and 10-13 years old.
The top 50 writers will then be invited to the final on the 29 May to hear who are the winners.